2014 Draft Spotlight: DE Kony Ealy from The Mothership
Leading you up to draft day on Thursday, we'll preview one player each day, who draft analysts say could possibly be available, when the Chiefs are set to pick at #23. However, none of the reports in this Draft Spotlight series are indicative of who the Kansas City Chiefs plan to draft, with any of their currently-owned six draft picks.
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If History Is Any Guide, Chiefs Should Pass On Taking A QB At No. 23 from FS Kansas City
Although what the Chiefs would have to gain by suggesting to Smith -- even through indirect channels -- that he isn't essential to their future is nebulous, at best, and negligible, at worst. Based on a study by the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective in 2011, the Chiefs would need at least three statistical seasons comparable to the one they just got from Smith -- and maybe four -- to equal the production an NFL team can typically expect, over a career, from picks No. 34 and No. 56, which is what Dorsey gave up to get him on board in the first place.
Smith is coach Andy Reid's best option under center in 2014. Relative to what's out there, he's probably the Chiefs' best option in 2015 and 2016, too.
Kansas City Chiefs To Consider Taking Quarterback In First Round Of NFL Draft from Sports Illustrated
While Smith is a very solid game manager, he comes with some undeniable warts, and committing substantial money to him moving forward might not make sense if Kansas City can nab a more affordable rookie signal-caller ready to be molded into a future starting quarterback.
The Chiefs surely don't want to have to use that pick on a position in which they had finally found some stability. Smith certainly doesn't want young competition at his door (he's been down that road).
This feels like a stern message to Smith and his agent that the Chiefs aren't going to be held hostage in negotiations.
3 In The Kee: Which Three Positions Are 'Safest' For Chiefs At No. 23? from FS Kansas City
Because of Alex Smith helping to shore up the quarterback position, the Chiefs are slated to draft in slot No. 23 of the first round. Because of the trade that BROUGHT Smith to town, though, Dorsey won't get a chance to pick AGAIN until the third round with selection No. 87.
So what's the best way to go late in the first round, assuming that's the first salvo of the weekend?
In April 2012, Robert Bedetti of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective compiled a report of the "safest" positions in the NFL Draft's first round, based on performance of those picks from 1980-2005. The position that got the most consistent performance -- that is, the lowest variance in actual results compared to expected results -- from picks 17-32 was ...
Will KC's Pick Have Impact As Rookie? from ESPN
The Chiefs are drafting 23rd this year, the lowest pick they've had during this period except for 2007, when they took Bowe 23rd, and 2011, when they selected Baldwin 26th. They have a balanced roster without glaring needs (other than possibly free safety) and depending on how the draft unfolds Thursday night, this year's top choice may spend his rookie season as a backup and special-teams contributor.
That doesn't mean his Chiefs career will turn out to be a disaster, as Baldwin's did. It's just that his impact might be realized in Year 2 or beyond.
NFL Draft Headquarters: Kansas City Chiefs from The Standard
Kansas City lost players to free agency at three key positions: offensive line, wide receiver and safety. Chiefs fans are hoping the team can have a solid draft and add the necessary pieces that will help the team contend in the division for years to come. As a San Diego fan, I would prefer to see the Chiefs trade away all of their picks for a tackling dummy and a sack of footballs.
"I really love where I'm at in Kansas City and the area and the coaching staff and my teammates," Smith told the Deseret News' Dirk Facer last week, when he was in Salt Lake City to deliver the commencement speech at the University of Utah's spring graduation. "For me, it's continuing to put yourself in the playoffs, give yourself an opportunity to make a run at the Super Bowl - and that's really what we're all going for is the chance to be world champion, to be the best."
"It's kind of different for us to be planting, not too many of us have did that, you know. We put our hands in dirt, but not in this fashion so it's fun to come out here with the kids and do it," said Chiefs Defensive Tackle Dontari Poe.
What We Learned From Monday's Draft Buzz from NFL.com
A plugged-in Rapoport also reported Monday that the Chiefs haven't ruled out selecting a first-round quarterback. Contract talks with Alex Smith have not progressed as hoped, leaving Kansas City with a question mark at the position. We suspect the Chiefs will ultimately select a mid- or late-round quarterback, realizing an early rookie pick will go to waste as soon as a deal is reached with Smith.
Pai: FCC Needs To Show More Love To Broadcasters from Broadcasting & Cable
Pai said the FCC needs to better appreciate broadcasting's one-to-many architecture, something the National Association of Broadcasters has been saying for years.
"A one-to-one architecture is great for certain things, and a one-to-many architecture is better for others. For example, when the Philadelphia Eagles play the Kansas City Chiefs in next year's Super Bowl, broadcast will be a much more efficient way to bring that clash of two football powerhouses to the American people than will broadband. And when I send gloating texts and tweets after Kansas City's resounding victory, a broadband connection will be more useful," he said.
The NFL Draft: What's Your Team's Strategy? from The Wall Street Journal
Kansas City Chiefs: GM John Dorsey was a scouting director in Green Bay, so he's obsessed with getting as many picks as possible, and with player measurements. Insiders say he's known as a savant who wants to memorize every player's hand size.
23. Kansas City Chiefs - Ra'Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota
The Chiefs like to spend early picks in the trenches and Hageman has huge upside and prototypical size for a 3-4 end.
FBI Reportedly Eyed Joe Montana, Then Dropped Probe from The San Francisco Chronicle
Montana, the Hall of Fame quarterback who has dabbled in development deals since retiring from football after the 1994 season, was contacted by an undercover FBI operative about an unspecified business proposition during the Yee-Chow investigation, according to one source familiar with the case.
"Nobody has said he did anything wrong," said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.
America's 35 Best Ribs (Slideshow) from The Daily Meal
1) Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kan.
In a city renowned for its pork ribs, the ones at Oklahoma Joe's are simply the best, and appeared on more than one of our panelists' lists. Boasting a deeply burnished shade of red thanks to a rub heavy with paprika, cumin, brown sugar, and chili powder, these ribs also happen to be postcard-picture-perfect to look at, and you'll most likely find yourself snapping a photo of them before you even take that first bite. And once you do, you'll learn what the fuss has been about.